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Jeremy Corbyn to speak at rally to mark 85th anniversary of Cable Street

Politicians and union leaders to join rally on Sunday to mark the day hundreds of thousands of people blocked a march by British fascists through the Jewish East End.

Mural on the former St George's Town Hall in Tower Hamlets, London, which commemorates the Battle of Cable Street. ( © Historic England)
Mural on the former St George's Town Hall in Tower Hamlets, London, which commemorates the Battle of Cable Street. ( © Historic England)

Jeremy Corbyn, who failed to tackle antisemitism during his time as leader of the Labour Party, will join a rally on Sunday to mark the 85th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street.

On October 4 1936, hundreds of thousands of people blocked a planned march by Sir Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists through an area populated by many Jewish families.

Clashes broke out across the East End of London between police and protesters.

Barricades were erected by the demonstrators under the slogan of the anti-fascist war in Spain, “No Pasaran – They Shall Not Pass”.

Other speakers set to address the crowd on Sunday include local MP Apsana Begum and Rabbi Herschel Gluck.

Cable Street ’21 convenor Robert Griffiths said: “Racism, including antisemitism, still blights many people’s lives today. We should take inspiration from the unity that won the Battle of Cable Street.”

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